"It's not a gay song. The line "you can hang out with all the boys" was inspired by my youth, when I played basketball with my friends at the YMCA.'' - Victor Willis (co-writer)
"I wanted to write a song that could fit anyone's lifestyle. I'm happy the gay community adopted it as their anthem, I have no qualms with that." - Victor Willis (co-writer)
''I knew we had something special. Because it sounded like a commercial. And everyone likes commercials. "Y.M.C.A." certainly has a gay origin. That's what Jacques was thinking when he wrote it, because our first album was possibly the gayest album ever. I mean, look at us. We were a gay group. So was the song written to celebrate gay men at the YMCA? Yes. Absolutely. And gay people love it." - David Hodo
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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